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TRS joins issue with CM

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD Sept. 2. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti on Tuesday took exception to the TDP president and Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu's remarks that the demand for separate Telangana was purely political.

In a press release, the TRS general secretary, M. Kishan Rao, said the demand for statehood for the region was the urge of the people who realised that a separate State was the solution to the problems they were facing. It was Andhra rulers who were politicising the issue by attributing cheap political motives to the struggle for a separate State.

He said that the Chief Minister ruined Telangana during his eight-year rule which witnessed the closure of major industries like Nizam Sugars, Azam Jahi Mills, IDPL and Republic Forge. Employment prospects for the Telangana people withered away while the Government failed to complete any irrigation projects for the benefit of the region despite borrowing huge amounts. A glaring example of the Government's failure could be seen in Mahabubnagar, the district adopted by Mr. Naidu, where the irrigation projects were not catering to at least 50 per cent of the ayacut despite having assured water.

He also criticised the Chief Minister's claim that he could get more funds by virtue of having more number of MPs as "it did not support any rationality'' and was also against the formulae of the Planning Commission and the Finance Commission.

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